About us2019-09-25T14:06:34+00:00

Opendoor Homes is a subsidiary of Barnet Homes. It gained Registered Provider status from the Homes and Communities Agency in 2016, and began work on site soon after.

Opendoor is developing 320 new homes in the borough of Barnet, a number of which have already been completed. You can visit our developments page to see our current and completed schemes.

Latest developments

Click here to view our sites and keep up to date on progress made so far.

Our board

Ursula Bennion (Chair)

Ursula has been Chief Executive at Trent & Drove Housing since 2015.

Prior to joining Trent & Drove, Ursula worked at Housing Plus for nine years, leading on development and new business across Staffordshire.

Over a 25 year career in housing, Ursula has worked across the sector in a wide variety of roles ranging from her first job as a trainee housing officer to Director of Business Development and now as Chief Executive.

During this time, she has worked with both traditional housing associations and Large Scale Voluntary Transfer housing organisations, providing her with a wealth of experience in dealing with the challenges and opportunities facing the affordable housing sector. She has a track record of successfully working with key local stakeholders to ensure housing needs are met and projects are delivered.

Jeremy Arnold

As Head of Acquisitions & Planning at One Housing, Jeremy is responsible for the new business and acquisition element of the development department for Greater London. The Group currently manages 17,000 homes over 26 London Boroughs and surrounding counties in South East England. The department has a development programme of c. £1.8bn and an annual acquisition target of 900 homes a year.

Surjit Dhande

Surjit is a professionally qualified FCCA accountant with extensive CFO experience in finance and treasury. He has worked for some of the largest housing providers in London, including G15, and is currently working as Group Financial Director for a Cambridge Housing Society Group. He has a strong background in development finance, business planning, business mergers & integrations and start-ups. Having started his career in the public practice, Surjit has built over ten years executive level experience in the regulated housing sector. In addition to the finance and treasury Surjit’s remit includes organisation performance management, governance, value for money and risk management.

Marie Li Mow Ching

Marie has extensive experience as a non-executive director in the housing, health and healthcare regulatory sectors. She has worked in central government overseeing the delivery of large scale regeneration, housing and economic development projects by arm’s length delivery bodies ensuring robust governance, sound financial management and business administration of publicly funded programmes.

Prior to her public service, Marie worked in a manufacturing company which grew successfully from a start-up to become a major employer in a highly competitive sector where she gained wide commercial skills.

Jack Stephen

Jack has worked for the past 35 years as an executive and non executive board member of commercial, banking and social housing organisations. He is also one of three people responsible for setting up the FIZZYLIVING private rental group and sourcing overseas capital investment. Jack worked at Thames Valley Housing Association as their Finance Director for 21 years up until retiring in June 2015. In his private life he has been committed to helping his community, having chaired the governors of a secondary school for 10 years, in the process taking it through the rebuild of the entire school, and chairing a homelessness charity for the past 6 years.